Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water

Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water


By (author) Marc Reisner

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 582 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 213mm x 30mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 1 June 1993
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0140178244
  • ISBN 13: 9780140178241
  • Edition: Revised
  • Edition statement: Revised and Updated ed.
  • Sales rank: 92,825

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"Beautifully written and meticulously researched.""St. Louis Post-Dispatch." This updated study of the economics, politics, and ecology of water covers more than a century of public and private desert reclamation in the American West."

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Author information

Marc Reisner worked for many years at the Natural Resources Defense Council. His Cadillac Desert was a National Book Critics Circle Award nominee. He died in 2000.

Table of contents

Introduction: A Semidesert with a Desert Heart Chapter One: A Country of Illusion Chapter Two: The Red Queen Chapter Three: First Causes Chapter Four: An American Nile (I) Chapter Five: The Go-Go Years Chapter Six: Rivals in Crime Chapter Seven: Dominy Chapter Eight: An American Nile (II) Chapter Nine: The Peanut Farmer and the Pork Barrel Chapter Ten: Chinatown Chapter Eleven: Those Who Refuse to Learn... Chapter Twelve: Things Fall Apart Epilogue: A Civilization, If You Can Keep It Afterword to the Revised Edition Acknowledgments Notes and Bibliography Index